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Savory and Sweet Way, way, way out on Blue Mound Road, where drivers go to ride the brake, there’s another Indian restaurant. Bombay Sweets has a second location now, at 19555 W. Blue Mound Rd. (262-780-2998). The original Sweets, on the South Side, is a classic (even though only a few years old) for cheap […]

Savory and Sweet

Way, way, way out on Blue Mound Road, where
drivers go to ride the brake, there’s another Indian restaurant. Bombay
Sweets
has a second location now, at 19555 W. Blue Mound Rd. (262-780-2998).
The original Sweets, on the South Side, is a classic (even though only a few
years old) for cheap vegetarian Indian food. Another similarity is that they
don’t give you anything to look at besides the glass case full of Indian snacks.
Not a problem. Eat in or get a meal to take home. I like the Masala dosa –
crepe-like pancakes filled with seasoned potato served alongside sambhar (lentil
soup) and coconut chutney. The restaurant has rice dishes, curries, “value
meals,” Indian breads and a few appetizers. You can get an entire meal for $3.99
($5.95, tops). That’s pretty amazing.

Fairest of the Fair

Isn’t it too early for Christmas decorations?
Last week, I noticed Zeidler Park already has those giant cartoon-figure-shaped
lights they put up Downtown every year. I’m not ready for that, but who’s not
ready for the Holiday Folk Fair? It’s next weekend, Nov. 17-19 at State
Fair Park. The melting pot there is formidable – 53 ethnic groups that celebrate
their heritage with music, dance, art and miscellaneous events like a re-enacted
Revolutionary War encampment and a 5K run/walk. I almost forgot to mention food.
(Not really.) The variety of foods here will also be formidable – consider
bringing your Pepcid-AC. Step into the fair’s World Cafe for a taste of
the following (not a complete list): cannoli, tamales, baklava, Chinese tea
eggs, pierogis, goulash, Thai satay and landjaeger sausage. Nov. 17 3-10 p.m.;
Nov. 18 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Nov. 19 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Admission: $8 in advance; $10 at
the door. 225-6225.

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Project Italy

I’ve been getting a lot of e-mail lately from Mia
Famiglia
in Hales Corners announcing the Italian restaurant’s fifth
anniversary. The menu, quick look: pastas; fresh fish (broiled swordfish and
pan-seared salmon with olivada); veal saltimbocca, braised short ribs and other
meats; and pizzas like the goat cheese, fig and prosciutto we gave a “Best Of
Milwaukee” award to several years back. For all of November, the restaurant is
running specials on drinks, entrées and pizza. The catch: no deals on Friday and
Saturday nights. Call for more info. 10049 W. Forest Home Ave., 425-0507. Hours:
Tues-Sun from 5 p.m.

The Bird Is Coming

Last year, a friend of mine ordered his
Thanksgiving feast from a mail-order company. The 10-pound turkey, stuffing and
creamed spinach arrived on his doorstep in a Fed Ex box. Not every Milwaukeean
is feasting on Butterball turkey with canned cranberry sauce and green bean
casserole. (It’s a sorry state of affairs, if you ask me.) But I know not
everyone has the time or desire to cook. Some local restaurants are open, and if
that’s what you have in mind, make your reservation soon. Some options:
Pandl’s in Bayside (open 11:30 a.m.-7 p.m.; $23/ person), 352-7300;
The Copper Dock in Hubertus (11 a.m.-5 p.m.; buffet $21.95),
262-628-3718; Mader’s (11 a.m.-6 p.m.; $22.95), 271-3377; Kil@wat
(the new restaurant in the Wyndham Hotel; open 2-6 p.m.), 291-4793; and the
Pfister Hotel (11 a.m.-3 p.m.; adults $48, kids 12 and under $24),
298-3135.

Another possibility, of course, is to pick up prepared Thanksgiving food and
bring it home, passing it off as your own (did I really say that?). For example,
at Milwaukee Public Market, you can order side dishes from Field’s
Best
(roasted garlic mashed potatoes, braised carrots with autumn herbs);
pies, cheesecakes and Bundt cakes from C. Adams Bakery; and mashed
potatoes and turkey gravy from The Soup & Stock Market. Lakeside
Poultry
has free-range turkeys and “turducken” (a chicken inside a duck
inside a turkey), but you’ll have to cook them yourself. Other standbys:
Sendik’s, V. Richards and Grasch’s in Elm Grove.

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Can’t get enough dining? I chat about restaurants every Friday with Jane
Matenaer and Kidd O’Shea on “The Mix.” Listen between 8 and 9 a.m. That’s 99.1
WMYX-FM.

E-mail your worst restaurant gripes to me at ann.christenson@milwaukeemagazine.com

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